If the Niners-Bears MNF “contest” was the first NFL game you watched all year, you’d think the Niners and Bears were on opposite ends of the football spectrum. Holy cow did the Bears look horrible. I don’t care if Jay Cutler was playing or not. That bad ass defense just got shit stomped by a Niners team that was reeling the last couple of games. The Niners did literally everything they wanted to do on both sides of the football for 60 minutes. That was a disgusting football game to watch, but wow, what a dominant effort by the Niners.
(in-game comments) I was a Colin Kaepernick fan when he came in ’11 (had him rated higher than Cam Newton in my draft rankings for the next level), but I’m flabbergasted with what he’s doing right now to the Chicago Bears. This is a backup QB getting his first start in the NFL, doing it against the
Chicago defense, and he’s absolutely
destroying them. Kaepernick is doing
anything and everything he wants at this point – 11 of 13 for 181 yards and a
TD late in the first half. As I
mentioned in a comment,
how often do you see a team expand its playbook when the backup gets into the
game? Hell of a job young man!
He has a LONG way to go as an NFL QB, but I see a bit of Aaron Rodgers in Ryan Tannehill. The rookie has made more than his share of mistakes on the football field this season, but his ability to throw on the run reminds me of the MVP. Tannehill does a nice job of making plays outside the pocket and has appreciable game awareness. I’d like to see the coaching staff take the reigns off him a bit as I think we’d see a more natural performance from the rookie. I really think he just needs more reps at the position at this level. Once he’s comfortable you’ll see more of his natural athleticism shine through. I really like his upside.
GO BUCS!!! These guys are playing some football. I don’t know if they’re going to be a serious contender this season, and I honestly don’t care. What I see is a football team that is giving 100% effort week in week out, and I love it. They’re playing inspired, team football. They’ve got a huge home game against the Falcons this week with a chance to win their fifth straight game for the first time since early in the ’02 Super Bowl season. Vincent Jackson has been everything the Bucs hoped he’d be, and rookies Doug Martin and Lavonte David are already establishing themselves as fixtures and leaders of their respective sides of the football. Buccaneer football games are finally fun to watch again.
You’ve got to appreciate how a team like the Falcons can keep winning games they look certain to lose. What’s disturbing is that these are home games against teams that won’t sniff the playoffs –
and Arizona. This stuff won’t fly in the postseason,
especially since it’s their QB making the big mistakes. The playoffs are a time for elite QB play and
dominant defensive play. Atlanta’s defense is far
from top notch, which means it’s highly unlikely the Falcons could survive a
craptastic game from the Mattural in the postseason.
I know I’m a closet Packers fan, but I really love where they’re trending right now. They’re not too hot, but they’re winning football games. They have a host of top tier talent recovering from injuries –
Woodson, Benson. The win in Detroit wasn’t pretty,
but they spent a lot of time trying to establish a running game. Great teams can win games like that. Jermichael Finley has a pulse, and watch out
if they get a SNF win at the Giants.
They’ll be 8-3* ( Seattle screwjob) with
remaining games against Minnesota (twice), Detroit, Chicago, and Tennessee. It’s
not where you are in November but where you are in January that matters. I love their outlook.
The Texans just got a wake up call courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Lions may end up bearing the brunt of that one. Pushed deep into OT against the 1-9 Jaguars, the Texans needed a huge day from Matt Schaub to get a victory that looked like a foregone conclusion before they kicked things off in
Houston. You’ve got to think you’ll see a focused
Texans team Thanksgiving Thursday in Detroit. If things weren’t already awful in Detroit, having dropped
to 0-4 in the division with that loss to the Packers, now they get to face a
bunch of pissed off Texans. They’ve also
already benched Titus Young for that game due to his continued amateur
behavior. Not a lot of joy in Detroit right now.